What makes a truly great sports fan? Passion, certainly. Longevity, sure. Team loyalty, because rooting for laundry beats worshipping players who may not be around next season (or next week). Team apparel? Absolutely. Merchandise and memorabilia? Pile it on. Skipping your cousin’s wedding for a playoff game? Totally understandable.
ESPN is soliciting nominees for its inaugural Hall of Fans class. Ten finalists will be chosen later this month and ESPN voters will induct three into a hall whose purpose is to “discover, elevate, and celebrate greatness in sports fandom.” This “hall,” unlike baseball’s in Cooperstown, N.Y., or basketball’s in Springfield, will essentially live as a website along with an exhibit at ESPN’s headquarters in Bristol, Conn.